Whether you need a dessert for a spooky party, are starting a fun new tradition with your family, or are just looking to get into the Halloween spirit this year, there’s a perfect cupcake recipe for you. From ghosts and mummies to candy corn and silly zombies, these Halloween cupcake ideas won’t disappoint!
If you’ve been around here before, you know that Halloween is my absolutely favorite holiday.
Part of getting into the spooky spirit involves Halloween treats that are tasty, easy to serve and double as decor for my annual Halloween party.
Which is why I love Halloween cupcakes.
They’re already in individual servings (so no trying to cut a cake while everyone is standing around watching).
They can be made a day in advance (no last minute cooking when I’m trying to get my costume on).
And they’re just so fun to decorate!
If you’re looking for some spooky cupcake ideas or inspiration, here are some of my favorites
1 | RIP Halloween cupcakes
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This graveyard-themed cupcake design is perfect for a Halloween bash.
And since the tombstones are made from a cookie, they’re super tasty and super easy.
2 | Devilish cupcakes
They’re made with a red velvet cake recipe and buttercream frosting with red food coloring, so the whole cupcake is red.
3 | Bloody knife cupcakes
These bloody knife cupcakes would be perfect to serve at a Halloween horror movie party.
They’re another easy to make recipe. My favorite kind!
4 | Broken glass Halloween cupcakes
Or if you’re willing to put in a little more work, these broken glass Halloween cupcakes also have a bloody appearance.
But the cause is candy glass. And there’s a surprise inside the cupcake, too!
5 | Bat Halloween cupcakes
These bat Halloween cupcakes are made with chocolate cupcakes and Oreo cookies. They’re super easy to make, taste delicious, and look so stinking cute!
6 | Ghost Halloween cupcakes
A Halloween party isn’t complete without some ghosts. Which is why we have two ways to make ghost cupcakes.
The first recipe is a super simple recipe made with frosting and some candy eyes.
In the second recipe, the ghost are made from fondant, and look like they’re floating above the cupcake. Get the recipe HERE.
7 | Spider cupcakes
Spiders are another staple of Halloween parties.
And this recipe gives you a few different options for how to put them together. Some use Oreo cookies and some use frosting, but they’re all really cute.
Or if you prefer, you can make the spiders out of black fondant. Get the recipe ->
8 | Bat wing cupcakes
These bat wing cupcakes are a colorful and simple cupcake recipe with 3D bat wings.
The wings are made out of black royal icing and she shows you an awesome way to create the design.
9 | Witch hat cupcakes
These cute and creative witch hat cupcakes are made from chocolate cookies and lime-green frosting.
And they have a surprise in the middle.
10 | Vegan mummy cupcakes
This vegan mummy cupcake recipe is perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
And they look oh so spooky!
11 | Tentacle cupcakes
These tentacle cupcakes are made with rich chocolate and a homemade ganache.
They look like a spooky creature of the sea! Or they’d also make a great Maleficent party dessert (they remind me of her horns).
12 | Black cat cupcakes
These black cat cupcakes use chocolate cats and Oreo cookies coated in melted candy to look just like a full moon. So fun!
12 | Jack-o-lantern mini cupcakes
These creamsicle jack-o-lantern cupcakes are totally made from scratch with homemade orange vanilla frosting.
How cute are they? And they taste delicious (even if they’re not made from pumpkin)!
14 | Monster cupcakes
These cute monster cupcakes are fun and not too spooky.
Perfect for a not-so-scary Halloween monster mash.
15 | Silly zombie cupcakes
These silly zombie cupcakes are another option for your not-scary Halloween party.
And they’re easy to decorate. So you can get the whole family involved.
16 | Candy corn surprise cupcakes
Do you have friends who love candy corn?
Imagine their surprise when they bite into one of these cupcakes and find them full of their favorite Halloween treat.
Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration to try out at least one of these easy Halloween cupcakes.
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This post was originally published on October 29, 2015 but was updated with new content on April 20, 2023.